Vandalia Schools Scholarship Information

2019 -2020 Scholarships

Updated January 15, 2020

Local/State Scholarships

National Scholarships

Student Scholarships.Org

Scholarship Search Websites

Local Scholarships

Illinois Conservation Foundation Scholarship

Due January 15th

Up to three scholarships of $2000 each. Applicants must be Illinois residents and a senior in an Illinois high school. Visit the following website to apply- http://www.ilcf.org/portal/sponsorship-opportunities

Florence A. Cook Recruitment Grant-Delta Kappa Gamma Society

Due January 18th

Grants are awarded to high school senior females planning to enter the field of education. www.deltakappagamma.org/IL

Stacey Burroughs Education Scholarship

Due January 31

$2,500 scholarship for college. Applicants must be graduating seniors heading to college. Applicants must have at least one parent or legal guarding who is a school employee. Scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement, career goals and character. https://woodrufflawyers.com/giving-back/scholarships/

CBIA Foundation For Community Banking Scholarship

Due February 7st

Seniors looking to further their education may write an essay worth up to $4,000 in scholarship money. Students could also win $500 for their school. Applications can be picked up in student services.

ISCA Student Scholarship

Due February 7th

Students who will be completing high school in 2020 are eligible for this non-renewable $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship can be used to support the following post-secondary options: 4 year college/university, 2 year college/university, trade school or apprenticeship program. SEVEN scholarships will be available!! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScF7wuW06FxDSvFKPpLMdhkBbscAfhxUS12rvUGXLkwnBVV_w/viewform

Southwestern Electric Scholarship

Due February 14th

$1000 scholarships awarded to high school seniors planning on attending 2-4yr college or trade school. Parent or guardian must be an active member of Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc. prior to submitting application. Students need to see a counselor for more details or visit this website http://www.sweci.com/Home/About-Us11/Community-Involvement/Scholarship-Program.aspx

Illinois PTA Scholarship

Due February 15th

Scholarships up to $3000. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be a graduating senior who is preparing to enter an Education-related degree program requiring certification from a state board of education. Apply online at www.Illinoispta.org/scholarshipapplication.html

Illinois PTA Scholarship Lillian E. Glover

Due February 15th 

This is a $500-$1,000 scholarship for seniors that are in the top 25% of their class. Students must be entering a program to acquire a degree in education or education-related field. This would include librarians, instructional media specialists, school nurses, school psychologists, or social workers (all of which require certification from a State Board of Education). Students may fill applications out online www.illinoispta.org

AXA-Achievement Scholarship

Due February 15th

$2,000 scholarships awarded to high school seniors that exhibit great character and dedication to making their community a better place. Applications can be found online at http://www.axaonline.com/rs/axa/about-us/Community-Scholarship.html or can be picked up from a counselor.

GFWS Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs

Due February 15th

  1. 2020 Lorado Taft Art Scholarship ($1,000). Application is in the Student Services office.
  2. 2020 Vocational Scholarship ($1,000). Application is in the Student Services office.
  3. 2020 Hamilton Ridge Musica Scholarship ($1,000). Application is in the Student Services office.
  4. 2020 Arthur Grant Smith Drama Scholarship ($1,000). Application is in the Student Services office.
  5. Vina A. Miller Memorial Scholarship - Education ($1,000). Application is in the Student Services office.

EIU Theatre Arts Scholarship

Due February 24th 

Students interested in a theatre art major should look into Eastern Illinois Universities program. There are scholarships available for you. Visithttp://eiu.edu/theatre.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellow and Rebekahs of Illinois Scholarship.

Due March 1st.

The application can be found at https://ioof-il.org/programs/scholarships/  OR you may pick one up in Student Services.

American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships

Due March 1st

For questions or applications for the American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships, contact Judy Wasmuth at 618-283-2989. Applications can also be found in student services.

  1. The Department of Illinois Children and Youth Scholarship is $1000 for students working toward a degree in Education with emphasis on subjects required for teaching Special Education.
  2. The ADA Mucklestone Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who has had a father, grandfather, or great grandfather who is a veteran that served in the Armed Forces between 1917 and the present. It is for $1000.
  3. The Illinois Scholarship for Junior Members is awarded to a daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter, or sisters of a veteran. Those pursuing a nursing career are not eligible. It is for $1000.
  4. The Mildred R. Knoles Scholarship is for veterans, children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren of veterans who served in the Armed Forces between 1917 and now. This applicant must be a resident of Illinois or a member in good standing of the American Legion Family. It is for $1000.
  5. The Children of Warriors National President’s Scholarship is awarded to daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, great granddaughters, or great grandsons of veterans who served in the Armed Forces between 1917 and now. It is awarded to a high school senior. There are 3 divisions: $3500, $3000, and $2500.
  6. The Spirit of Youth Scholarship is for junior members who have been an ALA member for 3 consecutive years and holds a 2016 membership. It is awarded to a high school senior. It is for $5000.
  7. The American Legion Auxiliary Non Traditional Scholarship is for students who are returning to the classroom after his/her formal education was interrupted or beginning later in life. It is for $2000.
  8. The Presidents’ Parley Nurses Scholarship is for a high school senior or who has graduated from an accredited school and is enrolled in a hospital program. It is for $1000.
  9. The Edna Mae Unfer Scholarship is for an applicant who is 30 years of age or older seeking a career in nursing and has been accepted into a nursing program or enrolled in classes for the nursing program. It is for $1000.

Phi Beta Kappa Young Scholar Award

Due March 4th

This scholarship is for Juniors and is worth $100. Students must submit a 500 word essay written on one of three provided topics.

Beulah Brown Education Scholarship

Due March 15th

This $500 scholarship is awarded to a student entering the field of education. Must have a 2.0 GPA, and be a student of good character. Applications can be picked up in student services.

Springfield in Illinois Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

Due March 30th

The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) is offering four $500 scholarships to recognize outstanding Catholic female high school seniors. Applicants will be judged on how they exemplify the SDCCW’s mission values of leadership, faith and service.Young women who are interested in applying for the scholarship should contact their high school principal, high school guidance office or parish office for applications. Cover letter, resume, essay and two letters of recommendation are required.

Douglas R. Rames Memorial Character Award

Due April 1st

This scholarship of $1000 is awarded to a senior with outstanding character and leadership qualities. The applicant must have a 2.0 GPA. Applications are available online at www.thefnb.com.

Charles A. Evans Scholarship

Due April 1st

This scholarship is available for any senior graduated from Vandalia High School, living within ten miles of the city of Vandalia, displays exceptional scholastic ability, and has genuine financial needs. Applications are available online at www.thefnb.com.

Edward W. Mills Scholarship

Due April 1st

This scholarship is a non-renewable $1000 awarded to a graduating senior from Fayette County schools with demonstrated scholastic ability and who are enrolling in a university, college, or junior college. Applicants must intend to pursue a degree in life sciences or teaching. Applications are available online at www.thefnb.com.

Golda W. Shulman Scholarship

Due April 1st

Scholarship awarded up to $2000 per academic school year. The applicant must have a 2.0 GPA, and be enrolled at Vandalia High School. Applications are available online at www.thefnb.com.

Jennifer Rogers Knebel Scholarship

Due April 1st

This $1000 scholarship is awarded to a VHS senior that is in good standing and has a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applications are available online at www.thefnb.com.

John and Sherry Burnside Scholarship

Due April 1st

This $1000 scholarship is awarded to Fayette county residents majoring in agriculture, science, technology, engineering, or math. Renewable for up to 4 academic years. Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Applications are available online at www.thefnb.com.

The Robert G. Bowen Scholarship

Due April 1st

This $500 scholarship is awarded to a VCHS graduating senior obtaining a 2.0 or better GPA. Bob’s family established this scholarship to honor his memory by helping students who have

passion or dedication for something they enjoy in life. While Bob loved law enforcement, serving

on the Vandalia Fire Department, and helping others, he recognized that everyone has their own

interests. This scholarship is to help someone take another step toward pursuing their passion. Applications can be picked up in student services.

Vandalia Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Due April 12,2019

This $500 scholarship is given to a senior who is an employee, child of an employee, or the child of a member of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce. Students must have a 2.0 GPA to apply. Applications can be picked up in student services.

Sarah Bush Lincoln Guild Scholarship

Due April 15th

There are three various scholarships for students pursuing a career in a health-related field from the Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospitals. Applications can be picked up in student services.

Taylor Wollerman Memorial Scholarship

Due May 1st

This scholarship is for a student athlete obtaining a 3.0 GPA, and going to a 4 year institution. Applications can be picked up in student services.

National Academy of American Scholars

Due May 1st

This scholarship is for high school seniors that exhibit scholastic excellence, integrity, leadership, merit, and outstanding character. Visit http://www.naas.org/senior.php?Form=NAAS.High-School-Seniors.Announce.2008 &Mode=naasderfgthyuiop&Security=5656bcvghjkioophjui78jkiolp67xx for more details.

TC4 Scholarship

Due May 1st

This scholarship is for any low income senior looking to further their degree at any college. You will have to write a 100 word essay. Applications can be picked up in student services.

U of I Materials Science and Engineering Scholarship

Due Date not determined

This scholarship is awarded to a University of Illinois incoming freshman entering the Materials Science and Engineering program. Applications can be picked up in student services.

Gerald L. and Eugenia Bradford Scholarship

Due Date not determined

Any senior going to Missouri University of Science and Technology and interested in the field of Chemical Engineering may apply for this scholarship. Visit sfa.mst.edu/academicworks for more information.

Josten’s Foundation Scholarship

Due Date not Determined  

This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who have shown outstanding leadership qualities in school, community and academic activities. Visit http://www.jostens.com/educators/edu_svcs_cp_scholar.html for more options.

Academy of Hair Design Cosmetology School Scholarship

Due Date not determined

Applicants must complete an application, questionnaire and submit a photo along with the  application and questionnaire for a scholarship worth up to $2,500. Visit www.AOHD.com for more details.

Kaskaskia College Foundation Scholarships

Due Dates not determined

There are several scholarships available through Kaskaskia College. Visit http://www.kaskaskia.edu/scholarships/FoundationScholarships.aspx.

Illinois AMVETS Scholarship Programs

Due Date not determined

There are several scholarships ranging from Trade School, Nursing, son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter or military, and Junior ROTC that are available through this program. You can find the brochure and application online at www.ilamvets.org.

Dean Ritter Trust for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scholarship

Due Date not Determined

This scholarship is for any senior who is a resident of the state of Illinois, exhibits financial need, and has a significant hearing loss. Scholarships range from $1000-$5000. Applications can be found online at www.deanritter.org

Thomas J. Epplin Health Profession Scholarship

Due Date not Determined

For information visit: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/30222-Southeastern-Illinois-Community-Foundation. Contact Janeen Emory-Kolb(jemorykolb@enrichingourcommunity.org) or 217-342-4988.

Shelter Insurance Foundation Scholarship

Due Date not Determined

This $2000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior based on scholastic achievement, participation and leadership in school and community activities, citizenship and moral character, and educational goals. Applications can be picked up in student services.

South Central FS Scholarship

Due Date not Determined

This scholarship is for any senior going into an agricultural related field. You may pick up an application in student services.

Heneghan and Associates Scholarship

Due Date Not Determined

This $500 one time scholarship will be awarded to graduating high school seniors are enrolled, or in the process of enrolling in one of the following higher-education programs: Engineering, Surveying, or Mathematics. Applications can be picked up in student services.

National Scholarships

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship

Due August 31st

This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to 25 students in Illinois coming from low income homes. You must be enrolled full-time, going to a 2 or 4 yr college, have a family gross income of 50,000 or less, be involved in extracurricular activities, and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Application are done online- https://scholars.horatioalger.org

Prudential Spirit of Community Scholarship

Due October 31st

Students involved in hours of volunteer work may be eligible for this award. The scholarships are worth $1,000. Students must apply online at www.prudential.com/spirit

Coca-Cola Scholarship

Due October 31st

This is a $2,500-$5,000 scholarship for high school seniors excelling in leadership and academic achievement. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and plan on attending a 2-4 yr college. Students must apply online at-www.coca-colascholars.org

SAE Engineering Scholarships

Due Various Dates

Multiple scholarships for students going into the field of engineering can be found on the following website-http://students.sae.org/awdscholar/scholarships/engscholar/

Lead Roster B2B Sales & Marketing Scholarship

Due December 15th

The Lead Roster B2B Sales & Marketing Scholarship is a highly competitive award for high school and college students interested in sales & marketing.  Unlike most scholarships which require a simple essay and "good luck" to win, the Lead Roster scholarship puts the tools for winning in your hands by judging your entry on your ability to market and sell your own ideas!  Students applying must submit the URL of a video they've uploaded to YouTube where you explain, present, convince, inspire, entertain, market and/or sell us your reason why you deserve to win this scholarship. The video can be anything that you feel will compel us to choose your entry as long as it has "Lead Roster Scholarship" in the title and is publicly viewable.  Studying in the fields of Business, Marketing, Computer Science, Communications, or IT are recommended but not required. Being passionate about communicating your ideas is an absolute must. We're always excited to see what the next generation of business leaders will do to create a winning video!  This is a $1,000 scholarship, and is awarded on December 20th of each year.  https://www.leadroster.com/?scholarship

Publicity.ai SEO & Content Marketing Scholarship

Due December 15th

The Publicity.ai SEO & Content Marketing Scholarship is a highly competitive award for high school and college students interested in SEO and content marketing. Unlike most scholarships which simply require good luck to win, the Publicity.ai scholarship puts the tools for winning in your hands by judging your entry on your ability to appreciate and explain genius marketing!  Students applying must submit a brief essay explaining the best use of content marketing --the act of producing content to compel your audience to appreciate and share it-- that they have seen. In 5 paragraphs or less, you should share what you saw (feel free to link to it if its online), how it made you feel, the call-to-action, and ultimately explain why a certain marketing campaign was the best use of content marketing that you have ever seen for the purposes of achieving business goals (typically increasing revenue and profits).  Studying in the fields of Business, Marketing, Computer Science, Communications, or IT are recommended but not required.  Being passionate about appreciating great marketing is an absolute must. We're always excited to see what the next generation of marketing leaders thinks is great content!   This is a $1,000 scholarship, and is awarded on December 20th of each year.  https://publicity.ai/?scholarship

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship

Due November 15th

Varied monetary scholarships are awarded to a total of 500 seniors nationwide. Judging criteria is based on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. For more details visit www.elks.org.

Mensa Scholarship Essay Contest

Due January 15th

Scholarships range from $600-$2,500. The applicant is required to write a 550 word essay which describes the applicant’s career, vocational, or academic goal in which the scholarship could provide aid. Students must be a senior going to a 2-4 yr college. Visit the following website to apply- www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Due January 31st

Son/daughter of a former Marine, active, reserve, or U.S. Navy corpsman attached to the Marines. Visit www.marine-scholars.org for application and more details.

Discover Scholarship Program

Due January 31st

This scholarship is for any high school junior with at least a 2.75 GPA and has demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership. Visit https://www.discover.com/student-loans/scholarships/award.html for more details.

The National Co-Op Scholarship Program

Due February 15th

Visit www.co-op.edu for more details on this scholarship that awards students going to one of the cooperating schools.

Monsanto Scholarships

Due May 31st

Students can apply for 3 different scholarships through Monsanto Agriculture. Students must be applying for agricultural-related programs. Visit the following website for more information: http://www.monsanto.ca/ourcommitments/Pages/OpportunityScholarship.aspx

National Defense Transportation Association Scholarship

Due March 1st

There are 2 scholarships available for seniors attending college next year worth $3,500. Visit www.ndtascottstlouis.org.

Society of Professional Journalists

Due February 23rd

Students may write an essay for a chance to win $300-$1,000 award for further education. Visit http://www.spj.org/a-hs.asp for more details.

Bill of Rights Institute We the Students Scholarship

Due April 15th

For this year's We the Students Essay Contest, we are challenging students to tell us what civil discourse means to them. The students who provide the most thoughtful, meaningful responses to this question will receive scholarship awards of up to $7,500. A total of fourteen students will receive scholarship prizes totaling $20,000. Learn more and submit an essay here.

HonorsGradU Scholarship

Due June 15th

Five $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to High School students who participate in a design-thinking community building project. Learn more by visiting: https://www.honorsgraduation.com/graduation-scholarship.htm

Student Scholarships.Org

Studentscholarships.org has the largest selection of scholarships on the Web. This site is continually updated with the most current scholarships available. All of the scholarships have deadlines and varying criteria. Many of the scholarships are available to ALL high school students, not just seniors.

Scholarship Search Websites

There are several scholarship search websites that are beneficial. We would recommend trying out these links along with all the great scholarships listed below. We know applying for these can be a lot of work, but it can be well worth it.

www.free-4u.com/il.htm

http://www.utsa.edu/scholarships/searchsch.html

http://www.scholarshipsandgrants.us/scholarships-highschool-seniors/